Top 10 Lessons Learned in my First 50 Years

Ten lessons I have learned in my first 50 years.

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Start With the Problem

I was talking a good friend recently about the state of my writing life. She said something to me that resonated deeply. Start with the problem, she said. To be honest, she was referring to a lesson she has learned as an editor and in working with developing stories, but it works for me and my […]

Strike While the Iron is Hot

    While I am not writing a poem a day this year inspiration still strikes from time to time, if I set down my phone and sit down with a pen and paper. This piece wrote itself this week – here is a rough draft, just the way it appeared to me:   we […]

Daily Blog Challenge: Day 20 – The Best Gift I Ever Received

This one is easy – I got the best gift ever just a few weeks ago. It was a late Christmas gift. Do you want to see it? Here it is: Pretty spectacular, isn’t it? The lovely shade of…brown? The slightly discolored cuffs? The missing button? I’m sure you would understand if you could smell it’s […]

On Starting Over…Again and Again

Well, crap. Here we are again, the start of another year. In fact, it’s nearly the end of January already! But I have been sick for the last three weeks, so only now feel like I am starting to poke my head out of hibernation and get cracking on this whole 2018 thing. Part and […]

Notes From My Retreat: Day 1

I went on retreat earlier this month. You can read a little bit about it here. It is a beautiful, magical place filled with silence and divinity. Here is a draft of something I wrote when I arrived: 2017 Retreat; Big Sur This is where I spent my 40th birthday. This is where I fought […]